Comptroller Peter Franchot announced the names of the top 20 individuals top 25 businesses collectively owing $12.7 million in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest to the State of Maryland. Three of the top 20 individuals live in the UpCounty area; two in Germantown and one in Poolesville.
Coming in at Number 9 on Comptroller Franchot’s list of top tax scofflaws is Shelley A. Reid of Germantown, who owes the State of Maryland $190,74.
Just two spots below at Number 11 on the Comptroller’s list is Malik and Shannon Goins of Germantown, who owe the State of Maryland $187,164 in taxes, penalties, and interest.
A couple from Poolesville just made the list at Number 20. According to Franchot, Rex L. and Stephanie O. Ransom of Poolesville owe $148,609 to the State of Maryland.
In all five Montgomery County residents were among the top 20 individuals owing at total of $6,425,859 in taxes, penalties and interest to the State of Maryland. The other two were Joann Langston of Rockville at Number 7, owing $252,467 and William and Barbara Bollmann of Bethesda at Number 5 on the list, owing $301,455.
The Comptroller's Office publishes the top scofflaws on the agency's website in a public attempt to get those on the list to pay what they owe as part of the Caught in the Web program. The full list can be viewed on the Comptroller’s website.
"My Caught in the Web program highlights a small number of individuals and businesses that make a conscious effort to not pay their taxes," said Franchot. "The vast majority of Marylanders pay their fair share of taxes, and my office is committed to ensuring that everyone does. These people have chosen to take advantage of the benefits of this great state while thumbing their noses at the taxpayers who fulfill their legal obligations."
The Comptroller's Office has collected more than $45 million from delinquent taxpayers whose names appeared on one of the agency's lists since the program's inception in 2000. The list of scofflaws unveiled today shows liabilities of $6.4 million in back taxes, penalties and interest from 20 individuals and $6.3 million from 25 businesses.
When an individual or business fails to pay their Maryland taxes, the Comptroller's Office initially sends a certified letter listing any unpaid charges incurred for taxes, interest and penalties. Taxpayers who fail to contact the agency to satisfy their tax liability or enter into an agreement to do so are eligible to be included in the Caught in the Web program. These individuals and businesses, which have already had liens filed against them, are notified prior to the list's posting that they will be included.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.